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Rewriting: Appositives & Subordinate Clauses

Based on The Queen of the Pirate Isle, by Bret Harte
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway

A. Directions: Rewrite each of the following sentences twice, first by making the appositive into a subordinate clause, and second by making it a finite verb in a main clause. Then consider the stylistic differences in the three versions, especially the question of focus--which ideas are presented as most important?

1. App: Now, one of them, the girl, had actually rolled out of the slide and was hanging over the chasm.

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2. App: Here, too, the prevailing colours of the mountains, red and white and green, most showed themselves.
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3. App: An hour after luncheon, one day, Polly, Hickory Hunt, her cousin, and Wan Lee, a Chinese page, were crossing the nursery floor in a Chinese junk.
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B. Directions: Rewrite each of the following sentences twice, first by making an S/V/PN pattern into a subordinate clause, and second by reducing that clause to an appositive. Then consider the stylistic differences in the three versions, especially the question of focus--which ideas are presented as most important?

1. MC: She would have taken Bridget into her confidence. Bridget was her nurse.

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2. MC: On the ridge they met one "Patsey." He was the son of a neighbour.
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3. MC: Your Majesty's own dolly is Lady Mary, and she broke the spell!
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C. Directions: Write a sentence that includes an appositive. Then rewrite it in two ways. First, change the appositive into a subordinate clause that has an S/V/PN pattern. Then change the subordinate clause into a finite verb in the main clause.